Sept. 11, 2020
Sept. 11, 2001 was the estimated date of delivery for my son, Orion. He was born a bit early in August of that year. On Sept. 11, my wife was at home from work on maternity leave. I was bringing my older son to day care. We were unaware of the news when we arrived at around 9:30 a.m., having listened to kids’ stories and music on the way in the car. Upon entry to the day care center, we were greeted with a small version of the chaos of the day. The center had decided to close up and staff was frantically trying to get in touch with parents to send everyone home. They explained the situation and turned us around. No one was sure they would reopen the next day. I knew one classmate and a neighbor who died in the towers. There are thousands of similar and more difficult stories of loss and shock from that day that changed our world. First responders have always been heroic, but the world recognized it with sharp focus on Sept. 11. We will never forget the people who were killed, especially those who charged into the unknown. Take time to pause and reflect on their sacrifice as well as the deaths of thousands who were just at their jobs high in the sky.
The live Sanctuary Series at the South Salem Presbyterian Church has been on hold since March due to COVID-19, but four concerts have been presented as streaming events. The most recent was a Concert of Remembrance for 9/11 last night, Sept. 10, via streaming. You can watch the recording online at facebook.com/thesanctuaryseries. In addition to a medley of popular hymns showcasing the American spirit, the program included “Variations on Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The concert featured Mary Jane Newman performing on the piano, Vince Castellucci on guitar and violin, and Barbara Granata on trumpet. Also featured were baritone Buddy Courtenay, a New Orleans native and veteran of many American opera venues. Members of the church congregation continue to recognize medical personnel and other essential workers by ringing the steeple bells each evening at 7 p.m.
This past Tuesday evening, Sept. 8, the Lewisboro Town Board and the Parks & Recreation Department spearheaded a food drive to benefit the Community Center of Northern Westchester. Grocery items were donated along with cash contributions. Members of the community drove through the contactless drop-off point at the Lewisboro Town Park. Volunteers, board members and members of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Council were there to process the donations and get them to the CCNW. The community center is always accepting donations. For a current list of the most needed items, visit communitycenternw.org/ways-help.
The Lewisboro Library Fair is usually one of the biggest events in town every September. Unfortunately, this year it has been cancelled due to the pandemic, but the new Historic Hamlet Hunt sponsored by the library can help fill the void. The Hunt is set for Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. Eighteen treasures of Lewisboro history will be highlighted in a self-guided driving tour around the six hamlets of our town. For more information and registration, please visit lewisborolibrary.org. The library is also sponsoring a raffle with tickets delivered by USPS (hopefully) this week. They will have a live drawing on the day of the hunt.
The Attic Treasures Sale at the Onatru Barn during the Lewisboro Library Fair is another highlight of the fall. This year it has gone virtual like so many other events. Karen Jahn has organized a Facebook page to link up resident sellers with buyers at facebook.com/AtticTreasuresTagSale. Residents can offer items for “sale” where the “buyer” makes a donation to the Lewisboro Library and then arranges for pickup from the “seller” once the donation receipt is ready. Visit the site link for more details and links.
With under 60 days until Election Day, Westchester has announced early voting locations in the county. The closest one for the Town of Lewisboro is at the Pound Ridge Town House at 179 Westchester Ave. Registered voters will be able to cast their ballot at any of the 17 designated early voting locations in Westchester County. A complete list of locations can be found at citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting under the early voting link. Early voting starts Oct. 24 and goes through Nov. 1. Hours vary each day and are listed at the link above. Absentee ballots can be requested using the same link.
Last word: Rising John Jay senior Morgan Burhance created a fundraiser that generated $7,361 in donations to benefit Healing Hearts Adaptive Recreation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Stamford, Connecticut, that serves special needs teens. Morgan, who is on the John Jay varsity field hockey team, had planned to work with the participants at Healing Hearts this past spring and summer to bring to them a fun group activity during their weekly Friday night gatherings. When COVID-19 hit in March, it not only disrupted her plan for modified floor hockey, it also cancelled the annual fundraiser for Healing Hearts. Morgan still wanted to help, so she decided to create a field hockey fundraiser right in her own driveway. She built a heart-shaped goal and set the intention of making 1,000 goals from a distance of 16 yards to make the community aware of Healing Hearts and how they serve kids of differing abilities. Morgan made it to her 1,000 goals and raised donations from 100 members of the community. This past Friday, state Sen. Pete Harckham held a virtual award ceremony on Zoom recognizing Morgan’s efforts. The Lewisboro Town Board also recognized Morgan’s efforts at their meeting this past Monday.
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